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There is no exact maximum time before the patent certificate is granted, as the timeframe varies depending on the complexity of the invention.
The whole application and processing process lasts on average for 1 year at minimum.
Attention at counter:
- Max. 30mn
Waiting time until next step:
Min. 90 days
- Max. 180 days
Applicants who do not reside in Rwanda must be represented by an authorized industrial property agent in Rwanda.
After receiving a complete application, the IP unit starts the formal examination of the patent application. This step may take 3 to 6 months before it is complete. Within that period, additional information may be requested by the IP department when necessary. In such cases, the applicant is given an "incomplete notice" with details of what modifications have to be made and the deadline. Once the examination concludes that the application is complete, the applicant receives an "acceptance notice".